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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chase Focus Continues to Haunt NBCSN

Loudon is traditionally a quick race by Sprint Cup standards. As a result, there isn’t quite as much action to show on broadcasts. The track itself also doesn’t necessarily equate to the most competitive outing. It’s hard as heck to pass. Just because it’s Loudon doesn’t mean you get a pass on these things.

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Sunday afternoon brought the Sprint Cup Series back out for 300 miles of action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Once again, fuel mileage was key towards the end of the race.

Even with a full hour of pre-race coverage, most of the coverage that viewers saw was designed around the Chase. Seemingly every storyline out there was Chase-related. It’s rather frustrating to watch at times. NBCSN is generally doing well with their Chase coverage, but you can’t just do that. You have to cover all the pertinent stories.

The only real break from the Chase discussion came with a piece about the new North East Motorsports Museum, which will be located on the grounds of New Hampshire Motor Speedway and which broke ground on Friday. According to NHMS, the museum’s building will be shared by ticket sales for the track, much like the former Daytona 500 Experience building in Daytona. When it’s done, I’ll make the haul to Loudon and write about it for your viewing pleasure.  It isn’t that far away for me.

During the race itself, the Chase reigned supreme. I suppose it makes sense when at one point, Chasers composed the top 12 drivers on the track. It also didn’t help that both times NBCSN tried to do a Through the Field, the caution came out.

Outside of the Chasers, Danica Patrick was likely the best of the bunch. NBCSN did make note of this. While she’s undoubtedly none too pleased with her 40th-place finish, she definitely showed fans that she was there and she was quick.

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Danica Patrick got some airtime on Sunday, but unfortunately, a lot of it came after a nasty wreck.(Photo: CIA Stock Photo, Inc. ©2015)­

There was a very good point made about her driving by the broadcast booth during the race. Quite simply, they believe that at times, she has good form and can put the team in position to earn decent finishes. However, they seem unable to capitalize on anything and are constantly stricken by bad luck. Sunday’s crash was just the latest example. Where would Patrick have finished without the crash? I’m not really sure. She got taken out due to contact from Ryan Newman, who finished tenth. Assuming the wreck never happens, she probably ends up on the same pit strategy as Kevin Harvick (having said that, we’re still assuming that Brett Moffitt crashes here). If she makes it to the finish, she ends up right about where Newman and car owner Tony Stewart finished. That’s a good day for her.

Other than the fuel issue for Harvick, which was covered quite thoroughly, the big story on Sunday was Brad Keselowski getting busted for a restart violation. At best, it was a borderline call. NBCSN broke out everything they could including the superimposed restart lines in order to help come up with the definitive answer. They believed that Keselowski left first. Yes, he restarted in the box, but it’s not Keselowski’s call; it’s Greg Biffle’s as the leader. Addressing it, which Keselowski did, doesn’t really matter anymore since the last restart rule change after Jimmie Johnson got busted under somewhat similar circumstances to Sunday. The leader has to go first, but you can beat him to the line.

ESPN’s Ricky Craven was not on the same page. On SportsCenter after the race, he talked about NASCAR setting a precedent with their call on Sunday. It’s possible that it could be the case, but you never know. To NASCAR, restarts are a case-by-case scenario. The violations are so rare that you just don’t know what’s going to happen. We’ll have to see how it works out for the rest of the year. Regardless, NASCAR’s call ruined Keselowski’s race. That’s indisputable. His post-race interview might stand out just as much.  He basically denigrated NASCAR and claimed that it was an “entertainment sport.”  The minute you start saying stuff like that, pro wrestling and kayfabe come into play.  Harsh words there.  Don’t be surprised if NASCAR fines Keselowski for that.

Post-race coverage was about average, but somewhat disappointing. Part of the disappointment was outside of NBCSN’s control as Harvick, Rodney Childers and Kyle Busch all declined interview requests. Like it or not, it takes time for the pit reporters just to get those denials (contacting PR representatives, asking drivers themselves, etc.) That’s time that could have been used to talk to people that would actually grant the interviews.

Kyle Busch’s mentality these days seems to be truculent at best, so it was no surprise that he declined. He’s only in a good mood when he wins. Harvick and Childers were angry at the moment, so I’m not surprised there either. However, they cannot skip asking those individuals for comment.

As a result, drivers like Biffle didn’t get their well-deserved air time. On paper, it sounds inexcusable given that NBCSN had roughly 40 minutes of post-race coverage to work with. In practice, it still bites, but it’s about 12 percent more understandable. My preference is for the NASCAR America Post-race to resemble the RaceBuddy-exclusive post-race shows on TNT a few years back as opposed to NBCSN’s NASCAR Victory Lane. That way, we can have the cake and eat it too.

The Chase focus is still very strong and quite discouraging for anyone who doesn’t get in.  To this point in the Chase, Chasers have controlled the races (on Sunday, Chasers led all but 13 laps of the race), so you see everything up front.  What happens when one of the non-Chasers takes it to the Chasers, maybe at Charlotte in a couple of weeks?  What happens then?  We’ll have to see.

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Saturday afternoon marked the 500th Camping World Truck Series race. To that degree, there was a fair bit of nostalgia on the broadcast. Despite that nostalgia, there was still a race to be run. How enjoyable was FOX Sports 1’s broadcast?

In a few words, it was up and down.

The Setup was all about the 500th race celebration, more or less to the detriment of the race. Ron Hornaday, Jack Sprague and Mike Skinner all made appearances in the Charlotte studio to talk about what the Camping World Truck Series really meant to them. Todd Bodine, who was co-hosting, chipped in with his own opinions. For all four men, the series more or less validated their careers. Sprague ended up there after getting dumped by BACE Motorsports in favor of then-ASA Champion Johnny Benson in 1993. Skinner had been a journeyman racer who’d started a couple of races for Jimmy Means in 1992 and a few Busch Grand National races in a KFC-sponsored Chevrolet in 1994. Hornaday was a West Coast racer, competing in Winston West and the Southwest Tour for Spears Racing. Bodine revitalized his career in the Trucks with Toyota’s help after no one in Cup or Busch wanted him anymore (remember, he started with Fiddleback Racing before Germain Racing brought him on).

In addition, throughout the race, milestone races were recapped, montage-style. I can remember watching most of them, but don’t really remember any of them other than the 100th being considered a big deal (there was $100,000 on the line for any of the drivers who had competed in all 99 previous races if they could win).

Believe me, while it is great to reminisce, there was a 175 lap race that needed to be previewed and FOX Sports 1 didn’t exactly do the best job of it. I knew what to expect mainly because I watched qualifying in the morning. Not everyone does that.

The race itself ran at a snail’s pace. The first caution came out due to Timmy Hill’s spin on the first lap. The replay made it look like he got squeezed entering turn 1, but I couldn’t tell you who did it. Why? Yes, they showed a replay. That replay was cut off by a commercial. By the time the break was over, it was restart time and it wasn’t spoken of again. That’s not going to work. You can hold off for a few more seconds.

Michael Waltrip had a rare moment of prescient thought on lap 28 when he mentioned about the recent form that Daniel Hemric has had and how he’ll be up in the hunt towards the end of the race. At the time, Hemric was 17th. By the end, he was in the top 5. The move surprised Waltrip, who was pleased to be proven correct. However, he couldn’t let it be. He then proceeded to gloat about it, as to say, “Hey, I did good!” Dude, you’re 52 years old. You don’t need to do that. Act like you’ve been there before.

Due to the cautions and the red flag to clean up all the fluid from Jordan Anderson’s No. 74, the race ended a half-hour late. As a result, post-race coverage was rather tight. Viewers got a couple of interviews and a check of the points before they exited quickly so that viewers could get to the West Virginia-Maryland game (Note: that was not much of a game).

Overall, the race was a slog, but the coverage was ok.  Not much of an actual preview of the race.  As much of a history buff as I am, this is a current race that I’m covering here.  I don’t really know if as much time should have been spent on the milestone as they did.  Maybe it would have worked better as a standalone show that talked about the history of the Camping World Truck Series (you know, if FOX Sports 1 would air such a thing).  I know I’d watch, but I don’t know about non-diehards.

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Saturday night saw the XFINITY Series return to Kentucky Speedway for the final series standalone race of the season. Without the Cup drivers in town, the regulars got to take center stage. Given how crazy part of the race actually was, I wish more people were out there Saturday night. The days of 60,000 coming out for XFINITY races there are long since over.

Countdown to Green was primarily focused on the season-long championship battle between Chris Buescher, Chase Elliott and Ty Dillon. However, there were other stories at play. Erik Jones had to come from the rear since he’d competed in the UNOH 175 earlier in the day and hadn’t touched the car all weekend (Drew Herring practiced and qualified the No. 54 Toyota). Then, you had Ryan Blaney, who wanted to come back after his issues in Joliet.

During the race, we had a good amount of racing for position, much more than a normal XFINITY Series race with the Sprint Cup guys stomping everyone. Ralph Sheheen and Dale Jarrett did a pretty good job describing the action. For the most part, I was satisfied with the race commentary.

My main issue with the broadcast was that caution that came out during the pit stops on Lap 86. I had to look it up online after the race to see that it was in fact, a debris caution. Say what you want about those dastardly debris cautions that screw everything up, I felt that NBCSN needed to do a better job here of informing viewers what caused the yellow because I was pretty much clueless watching the race live. That’s never good. I’m pretty sure NASCAR doesn’t want to create chaos by throwing a debris yellow in the middle of stops. They threw it because it was imperative.

The debris caution resulted in laps of scoring issues to figure out who was leading. NASCAR has a rule today that you keep your position and/or lap if you maintain regulation pit road speed and beat the leader to either the start-finish line or the end of pit road, depending on where you’re pitting, you keep that position. That rule was created to prevent a scenario such as what happened to Benson in the 1996 Winston Select 500, when he jetted down pit road after making an unscheduled stop to beat Dale Earnhardt to the line. Granted, no one else was on pit road at the time Benson made that stop, but driving out of there at 100 + is frowned upon these days.

Here, NBCSN distinguished themselves. I always like it when networks can use the equipment they have at their disposal to figure out tough questions. That’s what they did here to show how Erik Jones got the lead after his stop. They were able to synchronize a couple of cameras using the time code in order to show that Erik Jones managed to cross the start-finish line on pit road as the yellow came out before Ty Dillon could lap him. As a result, he got the lead on the restart.

I’m a bit unclear as to what caused Brennan Poole to wreck entering turn 1. The booth inferred that the previous damage that Poole had from the lap 2 crash may have played a role. That wouldn’t surprise me, but that explanation would have made more sense to me if a blown tire caused the crash. My guess is that he had a rare transmission failure and that spun him and left Harrison Rhodes with nowhere to go. Since no one’s talking about it, I guess we’ll have to wait a while.

The booth did take notice of Eric McClure’s woozy demeanor when he got out of his Hefty Toyota late in the race. Granted, we don’t want to see that out of anybody, but it’s important that it was noted. As of right now, McClure has been diagnosed with a concussion and TriStar Motorsports is playing the waiting game. It’s unclear at this point whether or not McClure is going to be cleared to race at Dover this weekend, arguably one of the worst tracks on a driver’s head on the circuit.

Post-race coverage was more or less dominated by the confrontation between Brian Scott and Darrell Wallace, Jr. As you probably know by now, Scott was angry with Wallace for crowding him on the final restart and confronted him afterwards. The camera shot that NBCSN provided of the first argument made it look like Scott may have tried to take a swing at Wallace, but I cannot say that for sure. The angle was not the greatest.  The angle also likely tempered the reactions from the booth.

The second argument occurred in real time just as NBCSN was cutting to a replay of the first argument. I could see that heck was about to go down. They should have waited just a little bit right there, then showed the original argument after the second one wound down. Also, some viewers probably would have objected to the audible F-bomb that made the broadcast. I personally did not, but it happens.

Neither driver comes out of this mess looking good. If what Scott claimed in this post-race tweet happened, then Wallace will probably have some problems in the future.

That situation was followed up by two of the angrier driver interviews in recent times. I have no idea why Wallace consented to the interview because he had nothing to say at all. He basically did everything possible to avoid talking.

Aside from the debris issue and a couple of other aspects of the telecast (no replay for Jeremy Clements’ spin that caused the GWC?), I generally enjoyed the telecast. The XFINITY race was the best race of the weekend and NBCSN did a decent job in broadcasting it. Regardless, they need to watch out for those important aspects of the broadcast and make sure that the viewers are always up to date on what’s going on.

That’s it for this week. Next weekend is another split weekend for NASCAR. The Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series will be at Dover International Speedway, where a quartet of drivers will be dropped from the Chase. Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series has their final standalone race of the year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but it’s going to start a little late for some of you. Here are your listings.

Tuesday, September 29

TimeTelecastNetwork
2 a.m. - 3 a.m.NASCAR RaceHubFOX Sports 2*# (from September 28)
6 a.m. - 7 a.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network*# (from September 28)
7 a.m. - 8 a.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network*# (from September 28)
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.NASCAR RaceHubFOX Sports 1

Wednesday, September 30

TimeTelecastNetwork
2 a.m. - 3 a.m.NASCAR RaceHubFOX Sports 2*# (from September 29)
6 a.m. - 7 a.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network*# (from September 29)
7 a.m. - 8 a.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network*# (from September 29)
4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.NASCAR Scan all 43NBC Sports Network
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.NASCAR RaceHubFOX Sports 1
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.DTM: NürburgringCBS Sports Network*/# (from September 26-27)
9 p.m. - 10 p.m.SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road: TorontoCBS Sports Network*/ (from June 12)
10 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.Mobil 1's The GridCBS Sports Network#
10:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.Formula DRIFT: Dallas, Part No. 2CBS Sports Network*/# (from August 22)

Thursday, October 1

TimeTelecastNetwork
2 a.m. - 3 a.m.NASCAR RaceHubFOX Sports 2*# (from September 30)
5 a.m. - 6 a.m.SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road: TorontoCBS Sports Network*/# (from June 12)
6 a.m. - 7 a.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network*# (from September 30)
7 a.m. - 8 a.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network*# (from September 30)
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.NASCAR RaceHubFOX Sports 1
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100NBC Sports Network*/ (from September 26)
8:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.Mobil 1's The GridCBS Sports Network#
11 p.m. - 12 a.m.Road to IndyNBC Sports Network#
11 p.m. - 12 a.m.Rolex Monterey Motorsports ReunionFOX Sports 2*#

Friday, October 2

TimeTelecastNetwork
3 a.m. - 4 a.m.NASCAR RaceHubFOX Sports 2*# (from October 1)
6 a.m. - 7 a.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network*# (from October 1)
7 a.m. - 8 a.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network*# (from October 1)
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Circuit of the AmericasFOX Sports 1*/# (from September 19)
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Sprint Cup Series Practice No. 1NBC Sports Network
12:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge: Road AtlantaIMSA.com^
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Whelen Modified Tour F.W. Webb 100NBC Sports Network*/# (from September 26)
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.XFINITY Series PracticeNBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.Sprint Cup Series QualifyingNBC Sports Network
3:35 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship QualifyingIMSA.com^
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network
6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.NASCAR Scan all 43NBC Sports Network#

Saturday, October 3

TimeTelecastNetwork
10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Formula DRIFT: Dallas InsiderCBS Sports Network
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.Rolex Monterey Motorsports ReunionFOX Sports 2#
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.Sprint Cup Series Practice No. 2CNBC
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Petit Le Mans, Part No. 1FOX Sports 2
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.Camping World Truck Series PracticeFOX Sports 2
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Petit Le Mans, Part No. 2FOX Sports GO$
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.XFINITY Series QualifyingNBC Sports Network
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Lucas Oil Off-Road Series: SparksCBS*/ (from August 22-23)
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.Sprint Cup Series Happy HourNBC Sports Network
2 p.m. - 7 p.m.IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Petit Le Mans, Part No. 3FOX Sports 2
3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Countdown to GreenNBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.XFINITY Series Hisense 200NBC Sports Network
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Camping World Truck Series QualifyingFOX Sports 2
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Petit Le Mans, Part No. 4FOX Sports GO
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Petit Le Mans, Part No. 5FOX Sports 2
9:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.NCWTS SetupFOX Sports 2
10 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350kFOX Sports 1

Sunday, October 4

TimeTelecastNetwork
6 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.NHRA Keystone Nationals QualifyingESPN 2*/ (from October 2-3)
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.NHRA Keystone Nationals Final EliminationsESPN3$
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.NASCAR RaceDayFOX Sports 1
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.Blancpain Sprint Series: MisanoCBS Sports Network*/ (from October 3-4)
1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Petit Le MansFOX Sports 1*/# (from October 3)
2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.Countdown to GreenNBC Sports Network
2:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.Sprint Cup Series AAA 400NBC Sports Network
3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.NHRA Keystone Nationals QualifyingESPN 2*/# (from October 2-3)
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.Red Bull Global RallyCross: BarbadosNBC*
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.MotoAmerica Season in ReviewCBS Sports Network
6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.NASCAR America Post-RaceNBC Sports Network
6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.Formula DRIFT: Dallas InsiderCBS Sports Network#
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.NASCAR Victory LapNBC Sports Network
8 p.m. - 11 p.m.NHRA Keystone Nationals Final EliminationsESPN 2*/
10:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.NASCAR Special: Chasing 43NBC Sports Network#
11:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.NASCAR Victory LapNBC Sports Network#

Monday, October 5

TimeTelecastNetwork
12 a.m. - 1 a.m.MotoAmerica: Season in ReviewCBS Sports Network#
12:30 a.m. - 1 a.m.NASCAR Victory LaneFOX Sports 1
6 a.m. - 7 a.m.NASCAR Victory LapNBC Sports Network*# (from October 4)
7 a.m. - 8 a.m.NASCAR Victory LapNBC Sports Network*# (from October 4)
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.NASCAR Victory LapNBC Sports Network*# (from October 4)
2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.NASCAR 120: AAA 400NBC Sports Network*/# (from October 4)
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.NASCAR AmericaNBC Sports Network
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.NASCAR RaceHubFOX Sports 1
Key:
* – Tape Delayed
/ – Highlighted Coverage
# – Repeat Coverage
^ – Available via free online streaming
$ – Available via password-protected online streaming. Check with your internet/programming provider for availability.

I will provide critiques of the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races from Dover, along with the Camping World Truck Series races from Las Vegas for next week’s edition of Couch Potato Tuesday here at Frontstretch. For the Annex, I’ll be covering the Crosley Brands 150, originally scheduled for last Friday night, but pushed to Saturday afternoon due to rain. An unexpected analyst joined the broadcast. How did he do? You’ll have to wait until Thursday to find out.

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Phil Allaway has three primary roles at Frontstretch. He's the manager of the site's FREE e-mail newsletter that publishes Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. He keeps TV broadcasters honest with weekly editions of Couch Potato Tuesday and serves as the site's Sports Car racing editor. Outside of Frontstretch, Phil is the press officer for Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, N.Y. He covers all the action on the high-banked dirt track from regular DIRTcar Modified racing to occasional visits from touring series such as Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions.

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    With all the thrills and drama of the Chase and yet it only a drew a 1.7 rating. I think short of maybe one or two races this year, every story about the ratings has the qualifier that it is the lowest rating since (fill in the blank with some year at least 10 years in the past).

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    I was really surprised when DJ and Frank Stoddard both said Nascar was wrong to black flag Brad! Stoddard even pointed out how much more obvious Gordon’s jump was the week before, and Nascar didn’t say a word. They were both pretty fired up about it….I was impressed!

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    kb, you are so on it with your comments.

    The only saving grace I saw in the cup race was that NASCAR managed to sit on their hands and not throw an extra caution at the end.

    Brad K is right, most of the fans know that he’s right, but NASCAR will fine him anyway. I saw that Moody’s column was once again saying that NASCAR coming down on the restart issue is the fault of the driver’s and the fans complaining. Right, something they have ignored for years, could easily fix by having the flagman start and restart the race, but somehow it is NEVER NASCAR’s fault for avoiding the simple solution but always a result of someone else.

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      Thanks Gina. Moody’s column made me see smoke..what a arrogant, good little NASCAR solider he is. He made no sense, in his usual stupidly smug manner. The man never ceases to amaze, and not in a good way….as you readily know.

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        I gave up commenting on his website. He is such a tool for NASCAR that it’s a waste of time. His articles are basically NASCAR propaganda.
        You can’t blame him though, if he pisses off NASCAR he loses his job. The best thing to do is just to ignore what he says and avoid him whenever possible. He’s probably the worst offender but McReynolds and Waltrip are a close second (actually Waltrip loosens up a little bit when he isn’t on the FOX website).

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      I read Moody’s column as well as some of the comments, which, I assume, were heavily censored. It was nauseating to read. I don’t mind listening to Moody, or Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone, when they are doing the race broadcasts, but I stopped listening to their respective shows on Sirius long ago. They are all just NASCAR propaganda promoters.

      I did want to leave a comment that I will fully accept NASCAR’s penalising of Keselowski, ***IF*** NASCAR will go back and reconsider the restart jumping that Kenseth did at Richmond, and Gordon did at Chicagoland, and immediately assess a 25-point penalty against Kenseth, and a 10-point penalty against Gordon. But, I’ll bet Moody would not allow the comment to be posted.

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        Moody censors the hell out his comments, he selects only the ones that subscribe to his bull, as you clearly know. I laugh when my comment isn’t posted. The truth hurts Mr. Wonderful. SMH. What a buffoon he truly is.

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    I’ll leave a positive comment for a change…. NO FAKE DEBRIS CAUTIONS…. NO CAUTION IN THE LAST 20 LAPS TO CREATE A CRAPSHOOT ENDING….. yay!!!

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    “I’m pretty sure NASCAR doesn’t want to create chaos by throwing a debris yellow in the middle of stops. They threw it because it was imperative.”

    Phil, you forgot to put “LOL” after this statement but I get the sarcasm.

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    if i recall, several years ago eric mcclure got in a nasty wreck that had him out for a few races. maybe he needs to look at ricky craven’s career, and realize that one too many wrecks and concussions could have a disastrous ending for him.

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      I wonder the same thing about Kasey Kahne. He had took a lick (at New Hampshire I think) a couple years ago and had that strange interview with Dr. Punch. While he has never been terribly fiery, most of the times I’ve seen him interviewed since something seems off. Maybe it’s just me.

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      Three years ago, I think, is when what you’re talking about happened, Janice. McClure had a concussion at Talladega in May 2012 and it seems he also had some internal injury, I read.

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    I’ll answer Phil’s question about what happens when one of the non-Chasers takes it to one of the Chasers.
    It’s called the “non-Chaser in the lead” caution. I distinctly remember a couple Chase races last year where McMurray and Larson had the nerve to take the lead. Fortunately, they were put in their place soon thereafter with the yellow flag and safely removed from getting any camera time.

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    I suppose one has to admire somebody that comes up with a plan and sticks with it no matter what. ” I’m going to fix this leaky faucet in the kitchen even though the house is on fire.” Sort of like the Fools in the Xfinity booth Saturday. “Pouty immature teenager Eric Jones is the future of NASCAR and he is going to win this race.” The fact that Jones was never a factor did not deter the booth’s flag to flag coverage of the eventual 8th place finisher.

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    Well that is the sad part in today’s world. The truth better not be told. To think Brad K. came up with a new concept “entertainment sport” and should have a bulls-eye on his back is absurd for truth . HOW DARE HE!!!!!!!!!! HOW DARE HE!!!!!!!! We fans (true fans) having been screaming SCRIPT for years. I cannot say exactly when, but I say when the Little Dictator came onto the scene did the obvious and nobody dared say a word. The Emperor has no clothes. Jeez….I say good for Brad, Nascar blew it big time, they are out of touch. The O’Donnell goon came on any social media available saying Nascar did not agree with Brad. Well Duh!!!!!!!! If Mike spoke the moral truth as most of us see it, his country club and good boy privileges would be revoked and he and his family no doubt do not see that as a good thing for their current lifestyle. A paid yes man with zero credibility, shutup Mike.